Obtain a letter of credit from your financial institution by arranging financing before making an offer on a pre-foreclosure home. A letter of credit helps you to know what your financial limits are when making offers and shows real estate agents and mortgage holders that your offers are to be taken seriously.
Find a real estate agent who will keep track of new pre-foreclosure listings and price reductions and notify you immediately so you can submit timely offers on pre-foreclosure homes.
Inspect the pre-foreclosure home prior to making an offer to buy. These homes are usually sold as is. Take contractors through the house to give you estimates on any necessary repairs.
Check with the town or city to find out what the property taxes will be, if there are any assessments, easements or public accesses that you need to be aware of before making a purchase offer.
Complete a purchase and sales agreement with your real estate agent to submit to the seller and their mortgage holder. Be sure to attach your letter of credit from your financial institution. If two similar offers are received, the one with the letter of credit will be accepted over the offer without the letter.